Hurray for the home team! Brompton, the British maker of folding bicycles pays tribute to New York City in a partnership with Sarah Canner, founder of Vespertine NYC. The Brompton x Vespertine collaboration includes not only a limited-edition bicycle and bike bag, but also coordinating knitwear accessories, all with a theme designed by Canner, who is known for her groundbreaking mix of fashion and reflectivity in clothing and accessories for urban cycling safety.
The black NYC bicycle with lime green accents on the seat, handlebar grips, crank and hubs has reflective details on the frame and the roll-top shoulder bag. Canner says she drew inspiration for her designs from New York City landmark buildings and bridges, as well as the chevrons painted in city bike lanes, and combined these with semi-abstract forms of her Haute Réflecture® collection. The stylized geometric patterns also are knitted with reflective yarn into Merino wool accessories, sold separately, including a cap, headband and scarf to keep cyclists warm and visible on travels around town. Reflective shoe laces round out the accessories collection, which is made in New York City.
The iconic Brompton bicycle, with its unique folding mechanism, steel frame and small tires is built for durability, maneuverability and comfort on city streets. The NYC edition, produced in a limited run of 1,500, features a flat handlebar, ergonomic grips, puncture-resistant tires, anodized crank and hubs and a USB-rechargeable saddle light.
When folded, the bicycle is easily stored in small apartments, transported on trains and buses, and carried up stairs or toted in elevators. This is the latest in a series of limited-edition bikes by Brompton that celebrate cities as urban cycling continues to grow in popularity.
Photos: Conrad Gangone/Brompton